How important is an athletic mouthguard? Just ask anyone who has sustained a sports-related facial or oral injury. Up to 80% of sports injuries involve a front tooth. An athletic mouthguard may be a small piece of acrylic, but it does a big job. In Boerne, family dentist Dr. Luigi Massa can create a customized athletic mouthguard specifically for your smile.
Who needs an athletic mouthguard?
Of course, football players and boxers do. Basketball and hockey players, too. But that’s not all. Anyone who participates in an activity in which a person could make contact with a piece of sports equipment, the ground, or another person can benefit from an athletic mouthguard. The American Dental Association recommends mouthguards for a variety of activities, including cycling, tennis, and gymnastics.
Why should I get a custom-made mouthguard?
A custom mouthguard is crafted specifically for your smile and designed to fit comfortably. That’s especially important when it comes to getting kids to wear athletic mouthguards. They’re likely not going to wear something that doesn’t feel comfortable. And if a mouthguard isn’t worn, it can’t do its job.
Does a mouthguard really provide protection?
Yes! Athletic mouthguards protect the teeth, jaw, face, lips, and tongue from sports-related injuries. Experts contend that an athlete’s risk of dental and facial injury is 60 times greater when not wearing an athletic mouthguard. There’s also a body of evidence suggesting that mouthguard wear can mitigate concussion damage.
Dr. Massa recommends athletic mouthguards for all of his patients – both children and adults – who participate in sports. A mouthguard is an economical investment in the health and longevity of your smile.
Schedule an Appointment
Call our Boerne TX dentist’s office today to schedule an athletic mouthguard fitting with Dr. Massa.